Russian Arctic Scientists to be Evacuated
An icebreaker sailed from Murmansk yesterday to pick up 17 scientists after four months on an ice floe near the North Pole. The icebreaker “Kapitan Dranitsyn” left Murmansk on August 4th to pick up equipment and personnel from the floating research station “North Pole-2015”. The planned evacuation will take about two weeks, and the icebreaker is expected to return to Murmansk in mid-August, TASS reports.
AMSA Relaxes Rules for First Aid Supplies
If you are operating in Class C, C Restricted, D or E waters, and are required to meet the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part C7A (Safety Equipment), you now have flexibility to determine the type and quantity of first aid supplies that are appropriate for your operation. A new solution lets you decide if you continue to carry the “Scale” medical kit or cabinet as prescribed in Part C7A of the NSCV…
ILO Wants Lasting Solution to Migrant, Refugee Crisis
The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, has called for a definitive and durable solution for the thousands of migrant workers who risk their lives in a search of a decent future. “Stopgap measures to halt the flows of migrants only scratch the surface of the problem. We need to go deeper into the root causes that force people to put their lives in danger in order to find work and security in foreign lands,” said Ryder.
Mumbai Port Registers 15% Growth
Continuing its record breaking performance of handling all time high cargo volume of 61.61 metric million tonnes in the preceding financial year, Mumbai Port Trust has registered an overall growth of 15% upto 31st July this year against the corresponding period in the previous year. Highest growth of 55% was registered in the Iron & Steel segment followed by 18% in stream/transshipment cargo. The Port has also registered rise of 15% in crude oil imports and nearly 13% in POL products (imports).
USCG Searches for Missing Person In Lake Pontchartrain
The Coast Guard, Causeway Police and the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office are searching for a person who jumped from the Causeway Bridge into Lake Pontchartrain, Thursday night. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report around 10:38 p.m. of a person who exited a reportedly stolen vehicle and jumped into the lake. The missing person was driving a red Ford F-150 Lariat. The missing person is believed to be a Caucasian male in his late twenties or early thirties.
Asia-Europe Box Rates Plunge 25 pct
Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 24.9 percent to $833 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters. The drop came after the previous week's increase of 177 percent which was a result of most of the major container shipping companies implementing a general rate increase from Aug 1.
Petrobras Says Reduced Offshore Extraction Cost
Brazil's state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA reduced its offshore subsalt field extraction cost to $8 a barrel from $9 a barrel, executives said in a conference call on Friday.
Inspectors Vigilant over Shell’s Arctic Drilling
Shell’s drilling operations in the Chukchi Sea are being overseen 24/7 by inspectors from the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) to ensure compliance with federal regulations and safety standards, BSEE said. BSEE said its inspector boarded the semi-submersible drilling unit Transocean Polar Pioneer before it began drilling the top section of the well at Burger J on July 30, and a second BSEE inspector is on board the drillship Noble Discoverer at Burger V…
Bluewater to Supply Turret Mooring System for Rosebank FPSO
Bluewater Energy Services B.V. informs it was awarded a contract from shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for the engineering, procurement, construction and integration (EPCI) of a turret and mooring system for a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel to be part of the Chevron-operated Rosebank project on the edge of the U.K. continental shelf. At about 80 meters in height…
Ultramax Newbuild Delivered to Genco
Drybulk cargo shipper Genco Shipping & Trading Limited announced that it has taken delivery of a 64,000 dwt Ultramax newbuild vessel Baltic Scorpion. The Baltic…
Photos: US Coast Guard’s New Cutter
The U.S. Coast Guard will officially debut its newest National Security Cutter (NSC), Coast Guard Cutter James (WMSL 754) during a ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 8 at Coast Guard Base Boston. Ahead of the commissioning ceremony, Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City coordinated a photo opportunity with the Coast Guard Cutter James and Coast Guard Barque Eagle while underway in the Atlantic Ocean. The new cutter is named for Capt. Joshua James, who is one of the most celebrated lifesavers in history.
US Adds Russian Oil Field to Sanctions List
The United States has added a Russian oil and gas field, the Yuzhno-Kirinskoye Field, to its list of energy sector sanctions prompted by Moscow's actions in Ukraine…
Asian LNG Spot Prices Firm
Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) spot prices for September delivery were firm this week, supported by supply issues in Nigeria after a pipeline leak, though surplus…
Analysts Expect Rise in Reefer Capacity
Though specialized reefer fleet is shrinking and shows no signs of reversing in the future, the reefer containership fleet has increased by 15 percent year-on-year and is set to grow 20 percent by 2018, according to maritime research and consulting services provider Drewry’s latest Reefer Shipping Market Annual Review & Forecast. Consequently, with a capacity restricted specialized fleet, there is no alternative but for cargo to be shipped by reefer containership…
Forewind Scales Back World's Largest Offshore Wind Project Plans
Forewind has scaled back by a third plans to build wind farms at Dogger Bank in Britain's North Sea, which could nevertheless become the world's largest wind project, it said on Friday.
Port of Brownsville Cargo Dock Completed
A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the new marine cargo dock at Texas’ Port of Brownsville was held today, marking the completion of a $27.5 million project aims to increase cargo capacity and efficiency and help to mitigate congestion in port operations. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) supplied $12 million for the project via its Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive infrastructure grant program.
Overseas Shipholding Investors Settle Lawsuit with Execs, Others
Overseas Shipholding Group Inc investors have reached $16.25 million in settlements with the executives, underwriters and an auditor of the tanker company in a lawsuit…
Egypt, Other Countries Interested in French Mistral Warships
About 10 countries, including Egypt, are interested in buying two French helicopter carriers whose planned sale to Russia has been cancelled due to the Ukraine crisis…
Brazil Prosecutors: Charges Pending over Ensco Drillship Lease
Brazilian prosecutors plan to file criminal charges stemming from the lease of an Ensco Plc offshore oil-drilling ship to Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras "in due course," they said.
Long Beach’s New Berthing System Greets First Panamax Bulker
The unique berth at D44 in Long Beach, Calif., designed in partnership by Seabulk and Bellingham Marine, was developed in response to a need for an environmentally friendly, low cost berthing system designed specifically for the docking of Panamax-class, self-discharging bulk carriers. The berthing system developed by the team for Eagle Rock Aggregates includes two stifflegs supported by match-cast, post-tensioned floating concrete platforms.